WEConnect International Europe Conference 2018

Date & Time: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 08:30 to Friday, November 9, 2018 - 17:00
Location: 

Hilton London Paddington

Details: 

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Thank you to everyone who attended the WEConnect International Europe Conference 2018 on the 8th and 9th November 2018 in London.

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The conference brochure can be found here.

Slides from the presentations and breakout sessions are available below (please note they make take a few moments to load) and the informal notes from the “Top Tips for Successfully Doing Business with WEConnect International Corporate Members” session can be found here.:

Thursday 8th November 2018:

AI: Reshaping Business & Society - presented by Chris Feltham, Industry Technical Specialist, Cloud Service Providers at Intel UK
Founders4Schools - presented by Sherry Coutu, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Founders4Schools
Leading Through Uncertainty - presented by Jude Jennison, Owner of Leaders by Nature, a certified women's business enterprise
Building Your Personal Brand - presented by Sandra Garlick, Founder & Director of Woman Who, a certified women's business enterprise
My Journey, Your Business - presented by Heather Fisher, English female Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens player

Friday 9th November 2018:

The Power of Social Media and Entrepreneurial Women Connecting and Collaborating Online Globally - presented by Fi Bendall, Owner of Bendalls Group / The Female Social Network, a certified women's business enterprise from Australia
The Power of Hope - Tell Your Story, it is Your Best Marketing Tool - presented by Giselle Rufer, President & CEO of Delance Swiss Watches, a certified women's business enterprise


Breakout Sessions:

Optimising Your Competencies for Success in Digital Transformation - presented by Gudrun Frank and Verena Beckhusen from exprobico, a certified women's business enterprise
Understand Cultures, Improve Performance - presented by Sabine van Egeraat, Co-Founder of Global Business Academy, a certified women's business enterprise
Playing to Your Strengths - presented by Jenny Garrett, Managing Director of JennyGarrett Global, a certified women's business enterprise
Using Social Media to Rock at Marketing and Selling - presented by Tamara Littleton, CEO & Founder of The Social Element, a certified women's business enterprise

Our Sponsors
Our thanks go to our host and sponsors without whose support we wouldn’t have been able to hold the event:



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Agenda



Thursday 8th November 2018

8am – Conference Registration, Showcase Stands, Networking and Coffee

Matchmaker sessions for certified WBEs and corporate members will also run during this time.



10am - Welcome and Introduction - Conference MC, Claire Harvey - Director of Culture and Inclusion, EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

10.10am – Global Update - presented by Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe at WEConnect International

10.30am – AI: Reshaping Business & Society - Knowledge Workshop - presented by Chris Feltham, Industry Technical Specialist, Cloud Service Providers, Intel UK
Intel will share insights into the state of artificial intelligence and machine learning including its impact on business and society. They will explore what a typical journey to production AI looks like, what businesses should consider as they evaluate the role AI plays in their strategy and how companies can start their own AI journeys.

11.10am – Certified WBE Discussion Panel and Q&A

This session will offer the audience a chance to hear from four successful women business owners as they share key stories from their entrepreneurial journeys, top tips for business success and how being a certified women’s business enterprise has aided their business growth. Panellists include: Leanne Bonner-Cooke from Evolve-Consultants, Lara Morgan from Scentered, Fiona Blades from Mesh Experience and Karen Hayes from World Wide Pictures. This session will be moderated by Kerri Murphy, Director of Certification & Innovation at WEConnect International. Questions can be submitted in advance when you register online for the conference.

12pm – Founders4Schools presented by Sherry Coutu, Founder & Chairman of the Board, Founders4Schools
The mission of Founders4Schools is to inspire students and prepare them for the rapidly changing world of work. They do this by enabling educators to invite business leaders for encounters with their students. Their online platform is a free service, connecting young people with the leaders of successful growing businesses in the local community. In this session, Sherry, who founded Founders4Schools in 2011, will share an insight into their work equipping students for the future of work - to date they’ve facilitated 650,000 student-employer encounters and 96% of students have felt inspired by the speakers. They are hoping to outline how businesses within WEConnect International can be part of the solution as they often run out of women business owners who they can call upon to visit schools or to host work experience placements.

12.30pm - Networking Lunch

Meet and connect with women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members.

2pm - Leading Through Uncertainty presented by Jude Jennison, Owner of Leaders by Nature, a certified women's business enterprise

In this session, Jude will explore the challenges facing leaders today in a fast-paced technological world and answer the burning question that most executives and senior leadership teams are asking in 2018 - how do you create emotional resilience and human connection in a high-performance culture? She will share new habits and behaviours needed to re-connect on a human to human basis and explain the leadership qualities needed to embrace differences and work in harmony. Jude advocates returning to the core of humanity to find the natural human characteristics of communication, connection, compassion and community.

2.40pm - Burn Bright, Not Out presented by Catherine Attfield, Head of Nutrition & Wellbeing at Nutrition-Bites, part of the Artizian Group, a certified women's business enterprise

Did you know that the number of people suffering from stress has risen from a quarter to a third over the past five years? But what is stress, how do you recognise it, what are the symptoms, can you test for it and how can improved nutrition help? We're all probably aware of the feelings of stress but less likely to understand its effect on our health and wellbeing. Nutrition-Bites, an award-winning company and expert in workplace nutrition presents this fun and informative presentation on stress and how you can use it to your advantage to burn bright, not out!

3.20pm - Coffee and Networking Break

4pm – Building Your Personal Brand presented by Sandra Garlick, Founder & Director, Woman Who Limited

Do you dream of being something more? Do you want to reach the next level in business, make a difference and inspire others? Sandra is a former solicitor, business owner, non-executive director and mentor. After 20 years in the corporate world, she started, merged and sold several businesses. She has experienced the highs and lows of business, juggling priorities as a working mum whilst inspiring others to be anything they want to be. Sandra will share some of her own experiences, show you how to raise your personal brand to grow yourself, the business you work in and establish yourself as the go to person in your field to inspire others.

4.40pm - Who Said Winding Roads Don’t Lead to Great Things... presented by Heather Fisher - English Female Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens Player
Heather will share her journey from being a young girl with anorexia to an England Rugby Union player including overcoming two major challenges in her life. She will also talk about how getting to the top of her “game” in a man’s world has played a significant role in her success.

5.15pm – Hear from our headline conference sponsor, Intel and WEConnect International – presented by Megan Stowe, Greater European Region Strategic Sourcing Director & International Supplier Diversity Manager and Chair, WEConnect International in Europe Advisory Council and Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO And Co-Founder, WEConnect International

5.30pm - Thank you and Wrap-Up - Conference MC, Claire Harvey - Director of Culture and Inclusion, EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

5.40pm - Evening Networking Drinks Reception – co-hosted by WEConnect International with the Canadian Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) program of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and the Canadian High Commission in London

Join us for more outstanding networking opportunities and connection-building at the end of the day! This reception is being co-hosted by WEConnect International with the Canadian Business Women in International Trade programme from Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian High Commission in London. Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) is a programme of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service that provides targeted products and services to help women entrepreneurs to internationalise. The BWIT team is leading a Canadian business women’s trade mission to Germany and the UK from 4th to 10th November under the theme of “Connecting Women to Markets: Canada & Europe as Partners in Trade” and they are participating - together with all 15 Canadian delegation members - in the WEConnect International Europe Conference.

7.30pm – Close

7.30pm onwards – An informal dinner (pay your own way) will be organised for international conference delegates and others staying overnight in London.


Friday 9th November 2018

8am – Conference Registration, Showcase Stands, Networking and Coffee

Matchmaker sessions for certified WBEs and corporate members will also run during this time.

10am - Welcome and Introduction - Conference MC, Andrea Mason - Partner, EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

10.10am - WEConnect International Corporate Member Discussion Panel and Q&A

Chaired by Megan Stowe from Intel, this session will offer the audience a chance to ask questions about supplier diversity, working successfully with our corporate members, understanding procurement processes and top tips for doing business. Panellists will be representatives from WEConnect International corporate members and conference sponsors including Peter Zerp from Accenture, Alastair Eadie from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Andrea Fimian from IBM and Bettina Lillelund from MSD. Questions can be submitted in advance when you register online for the conference.

11am –
The Power of Social Media and Entrepreneurial Women Connecting and Collaborating Online Globally presented by Fi Bendall, Owner of Bendalls Group, a certified women’s business enterprise from Australia

A powerful recommendation economy is bubbling up and creating economic value despite of itself. In this session, Fi will uncover the connection between behaviour, psychology and the power of the female movement and she will consider how WEConnect International corporate members and women-owned businesses can leverage this economy for profit and purpose.

11.40am - Coffee and Networking Break

12pm - Human Rights and Modern Slavery – Accenture Procurement Plus Approach - Knowledge Workshop - presented by Ben Ngobi, Global Procurement Sustainability Lead, Accenture
Human rights and modern slavery are key agenda topics for all companies. This presentation will share current Accenture progress, expectations of supplier partners and the procurement team to address the requirements of this agenda.

12.40pm – WEConnect International European Connections

In this session you will be introduced to our European certification partners - Kathrin Puhan in Switzerland, Evelyne de Gruyter in Germany and Arine Huijboom in the Netherlands. There will be the chance to ask questions about the expansion of certification and our activities into more European countries.

1pm - Networking Lunch

Meet and connect with women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members

2pm - Choice of breakout sessions run by certified women’s business enterprises from the UK, the Netherlands and Germany - your choice must be made when you register online for the conference:

  • Optimising Your Competences for Success in Digital Transformation – presented by Gudrun Frank and Verena Beckhusen, exprobico, Germany
  • Understand Cultures, Improve Performance - presented by Sabine van Egeraat, Co-Founder, Global Business Academy, the Netherlands
  • Playing to Your Strengths - presented by Jenny Garrett, Founder, Reflexion Associates, UK
  • Using Social Media to Rock at Marketing and Selling – presented by Tamara Littleton, CEO and Founder, The Social Element, UK

View all Breakout Session descriptions.

3pm – The Power of Hope – Tell Your Story, it is Your Best Marketing Tool presented by Giselle Rufer, President and CEO of DELANCE Swiss Watches, a certified women’s business enterprise from Switzerland

Giselle is known as “the watch lady” because she has created a company manufacturing unique watches made by women for women in Switzerland. Sometimes it takes external forces to activate the latent entrepreneurial spirit; for many women, this moment occurs when they reach the glass ceiling in their jobs. In Giselle’s case, the desire to create a special watch for women is the drive that pushed her forward. This desire became a mission - the mission is to tell women how marvellous they are, to encourage women to be all that they can be. This was Giselle’s desire from childhood and now she is 72, she wants to tell women “Femininity is magic. Believe in yourself. Build your self-esteem. Be all that you can be. It is wonderful to be a woman”.

3.30pm - Top Tips for Successfully Doing Business with WEConnect International Corporate Members

The penultimate session of the day is designed to give you an insight into how you can successfully do business with our corporate members. They will share their top tips and insights for SMEs and women-owned businesses about building relationships, about how to act in your interactions with multinational corporations, understanding procurement processes, and lifecycles of tenders/RFPs.

4.15pm – Future Aspirations for WEConnect International into 2019 and Beyond – presented by Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe at WEConnect International

4.30pm - Thank You, Wrap-Up and Close - Conference MC, Andrea Mason - Partner, EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

4.45pm onwards – All conference delegates are welcome to join an informal drinks reception (cash bar) in the 146 Paddington bar within the London Hilton Paddington



Please note this programme may be subject to slight alterations.


Speakers

Find out more about our speakers, panellists, workshop leaders and our MCs for the event: Speakers and Presenters


Sponsors

A very big thank you goes to our conference sponsors whose support is vital to this event and the on-going work of WEConnect International in Europe:

Headline sponsor: Intel
Gold Sponsor: Accenture
Silver Sponsors: Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM and MSD
Bronze Sponsors: Dell, Dun & Bradstreet, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, EY and Goldman Sachs


Conference Support

And a big thank you goes to the following certified women’s business enterprises who we’re working with to deliver the conference:

Brochure printing: FoxPrint - foxprint.co.uk
Conference MC team: EDIT Development - editdevelopment.com
Event logistics and support: mdgroup - mdgroup.com
Logo and brochure design: OrangeDoor - weareorangedoor.com
Video and onsite photography: World Wide Pictures - worldwidepictures.tv


Booking link

Booking Information

Ticket Prices (all prices are listed exclusive of VAT):

  • WEConnect International or WBENC Certified Women-Owned Businesses – tickets prices range from £110 to £350 and can include matchmaker session and/or showcase stand options
  • WEConnect International Self-Registered Businesses - ticket prices range from £140 to £250
  • WEConnect International Corporate Members – ticket prices range from £160 to £275
  • Other Attendees - tickets prices range from £175 to £325

For full details of ticket options available to you, please go the conference registration page which can be found here:
www.eventbrite.com/e/weconnect-international-europe-conference-2018-tickets


Ticket Refunds 



100% - if you cancel by Friday 12th October 2018

50% - if you cancel by Friday 19th October 2018


25% - if you cancel by Friday 26th October 2018



Tickets cancelled on or after Saturday 27th October 2018 will not be refunded but all tickets can be transferred to another person at any point. Please advise the organisers of who will be attending by Monday 5th November 2018. Unfortunately, we cannot refund the Eventbrite ticket processing/booking fee.


Contact WEConnect International

If you have any questions about this event, the ticket options or if would like to find out how your firm can get involved, please contact:

Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe

Tel: +44 (0)7776 302 906


Email: mberry@weconnectinternational.org


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